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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Torrance, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Torrance, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Torrance, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Torrance, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Torrance, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in Torrance, CA

Torrance Car Wash Ordered To Pay Back $800K In Workers' Stolen Wages

Car wash owners denied rest breaks, shorted workers on overtime and ordered them to show up with no pay on gray days — for years.TORRANCE, CA — The State of California Labor Commissioner's Office announced Wednesday that it has cited and fined the owners of Torrance Car Wash more than $800,000 for labor code violations.An investigation by the State of California Labor Commissioner's Office found that for years, owners at the popular car wash in Torrance had illegally short-changed their workers. Owners denied rest...

Car wash owners denied rest breaks, shorted workers on overtime and ordered them to show up with no pay on gray days — for years.

TORRANCE, CA — The State of California Labor Commissioner's Office announced Wednesday that it has cited and fined the owners of Torrance Car Wash more than $800,000 for labor code violations.

An investigation by the State of California Labor Commissioner's Office found that for years, owners at the popular car wash in Torrance had illegally short-changed their workers. Owners denied rest breaks, shorted workers on overtime and ordered them to show up with no pay on gray days.

Through conversations with the workers, CLEAN Carwash Worker Center discovered that Torrance Car Wash managers and owners were committing high levels of wage theft. CLEAN Carwash Worker Center is the U.S.'s first carwash worker center and advocates for carwashers, and one of Los Angeles' most exploitative industries — hand wash car washes.

The Labor Commissioner's Office has cited the business, along with corporate officers Reza Albolahrar and Susan Amini and manager Jesus Hernandez, for unpaid wages and penalties. The unpaid wages span from March 2018 to March 2021 and cover 35 workers.

"I have been working in car washes in Southern California for many years and the types of violations these workers in Torrance experienced are unfortunately very common," said Maria Mendez, who is not associated with Torrance Car Wash, in a statement.

"Speaking up as these workers did is the key to transforming the industry so that it respects our labor," Mendez said.

In 2018, several workers raised concerns over being paid less than state minimum wage and working more than 40 hours without overtime pay. Workers were not provided rest breaks and they documented reporting time violations, including getting called into work only to be told to wait without pay for several hours.

"Violations in the car wash industry are all too common and retaliation is often severe when workers do speak up," said Flor Rodriguez, executive director of CLEAN.

"The bravery and leadership of the workers at the Torrance Car Wash will lead to more workers coming out of the shadows to win back money they are owed and stopping wage theft altogether," Rodriguez said. "These citations from the state send a powerful message to car wash owners everywhere that they need to respect workers. This message is also for workers, it is important that you understand that you are your best advocate. If you need support, reach out to a worker center that can support you."

Wage theft is endemic to the carwash industry, but workers have a history of brave leadership, CLEAN reports.

After a multi-year investigation, the Playa Vista Carwash in Culver City, Calif. was cited $2.4 million dollars for massive violations of minimum wage and overtime laws – making it the largest citation against a carwash business in California.

According to a report published by the UCLA Labor Center, Los Angeles workers in low-wage jobs lose an estimated $1.4 billion to wage theft every year. In California, the loss is even more staggering. As a result of these injustices, working people in low-wage jobs and their families, a majority of whom are immigrants and/or people of color, experience health problems and face food and housing insecurity. In Los Angeles, 80 percent of workers in low-wage jobs do not get their overtime pay. Eighty percent do not receive their meal and rest breaks.

Why some SoCal neighborhoods face dire water cuts while others escape restrictions

Major water restrictions are about to take effect in areas ranging from Rancho Cucamonga to Thousand Oaks, and Baldwin Park to North Hollywood. But many nearby areas will escape the mandatory one-day-a-week watering limits — among them Santa Monica, Long Beach, Torrance and Beverly Hills.Why? The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has targeted these first-ever w...

Major water restrictions are about to take effect in areas ranging from Rancho Cucamonga to Thousand Oaks, and Baldwin Park to North Hollywood. But many nearby areas will escape the mandatory one-day-a-week watering limits — among them Santa Monica, Long Beach, Torrance and Beverly Hills.

Why? The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has targeted these first-ever water restrictions for areas that rely heavily or entirely on the State Water Project — a Northern California water supply that officials say faces a real risk of running dry. Areas that receive water from the Colorado River and other sources will be spared — at least for now.

It’s a strategy whose wisdom has divided experts. While some say it reflects the realities of California, others say it ignores the possibility that the drought could continue for another year, among other concerns.

Managers of the nation’s largest urban water wholesaler said the shortage emergency is so serious that they have no option but to require an immediate 35% cut in water use to preserve enough supplies for people to cover basic needs indoors.

“Imagine a day when you open your tap and no water’s coming out. That’s going to be the worst emergency, worse than anything that you’ve ever seen,” said Adel Hagekhalil, the district’s general manager. “Water is essential for the economy, water is essential for public health, water is essential for our livelihood … People need to know that this water is not just something that we can waste.”

The restrictions are due to start June 1 and will apply to nearly 6 million people across Ventura and northwestern L.A. counties and parts of the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire, about one-third of the areas where the MWD supplies imported water.

Areas that won’t face the restrictions include many cities across Southern California that receive substantial amounts of water from the Colorado River or other sources. The difference in these areas, MWD spokesperson Rebecca Kimitch said, is that “they are getting sufficient Colorado River supplies or local supplies to meet demand.”

Some water experts, however, said they think similar restrictions should apply throughout the MWD’s service area because the Colorado River is also suffering a first-ever shortage.

“The real question is, why not just do it for the entire service area?” said Felicia Marcus, a researcher at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program and former chair of California’s state water board. “It may be most acute for these particular areas in this particular year, but I think increasingly we have to take a longer view than we’re used to.”

Marcus said she thinks the MWD should go “more all-out to avoid even deeper restrictions in future dry years,” because next year could be similarly dry. Not cutting back across the board throughout the region, she said, is like “high-stakes gambling.”

“It’s hard to deny that we’re in dire straits. And it’s hard to deny that climate makes what was already a variable crapshoot year to year much more risky,” Marcus said. “It’s prudent to act sooner rather than later. I just think wishful thinking should go out the window, and we need to take more dramatic action.”

Though California’s urban water suppliers have yet to face large cuts in deliveries from the Colorado River, that could change as the river’s reservoirs, which are already at their lowest recorded levels, continue to drop.

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir on the Colorado River and in the nation, has fallen so low that an original 1971 water intake is now exposed.

Yet some experts said the MWD’s plan makes sense, particularly since it avoids a “one size fits all” approach that might not account for local and regional differences. While some agencies can draw from other water sources in their portfolios, others are much more limited and may need stronger measures, said Glen MacDonald, a UCLA distinguished professor of California and the American West.

“The strategy reflects the realities of California. There’s different water sources throughout the state, and different dependencies on those water sources,” MacDonald said. “If everyone understands how serious this is, and then they enact policies which reflect the reality of their specific regional area, that’s the best way forward with this.”

Still, he said, that reliance on the Colorado River is more of a Band-Aid than a solution, particularly amid the worsening climate crisis.

The river is “a fallback, but it’s one of diminishing usefulness. If you were to put all your eggs in that basket, it’s not going to carry you through for the long-term,” McDonald said, adding that “with continued climate change, we’re going to have higher temperatures, more evaporation, probably a much more variable precipitation regime. It’s like we’re in the middle of a train wreck, and it’s a climatic train wreck.”

For the time being, the Colorado River is proving an invaluable resource for areas like Beverly Hills. The city doesn’t face the new MWD restrictions because it is “fortunate to have access to Colorado River water that other communities in the latest order do not,” Public Works director Shana Epstein said.

Santa Monica, too, is not covered by the latest order. The city gets about 60% of its supply from local groundwater, while 40% is purchased from the MWD via either the Colorado River or the State Water Project, according to water resources manager Sunny Wang.

That flexibility was largely by design, Wang said. Since the previous drought, Santa Monica has spent more than $200 million on local water supply projects to reduce its reliance on imported supplies, including investments in stormwater harvesting and increased efficiency at the city’s brackish groundwater desalination facility, among other projects.

The funds needed for those kinds of improvements could prove challenging for some cities. Wang said the $200 million came from a combination of grant money, loans and water revenue bonds.

Hagekhalil, the MWD’s general manager, said the self-reliance of some areas is why the “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work. It also underscores the need for “real investments in recycled water, real investments in stormwater capture, real investments in storage.”

“These are critical,” he said. “We can’t conserve our way out of this.”

Even within the scope of the MWD’s order, there are exceptions. People will still be allowed to hand-water trees to keep them alive, and there is also an exemption to allow for drip irrigation systems, or other high-efficiency irrigation, to “apply water at a weekly volume consistent with the one-day watering restriction imposed on less efficient irrigation systems,” according to the MWD.

Shahzeen Attari, an associate professor at Indiana University Bloomington who studies human behavior and resource use, said that focusing cuts on the most jeopardized areas makes sense from a policy perspective, at least for the time being.

But leaving too much decision-making to local and regional authorities could create “something similar to what happened with COVID and the mask mandates, where there’s a sort of mishmash of different rules for different people,” she said.

What’s more, the combination of “problem fatigue” stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, inflation and other pressing issues could make it challenging to drive home the severity of the situation — and get 100% compliance from people who feel as though they’ve already stepped up conservation since the previous drought, she said.

“They did quite a bit last time around, so they might have maintained those behaviors and might not know what to do now,” she said.

There are other lingering questions too, including, crucially, whether any of this will work.

Californians so far have been sluggish in their response to the current drought, and in fact increased residential water use at the start of the year despite pleas from Gov. Gavin Newsom for voluntary reductions.

According to the MWD, it will fall to each member agency to determine how best to implement the restrictions. Some, such as Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, have already spelled out detailed plans for enforcement and patrol; others, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, are still working on the details.

Once each local agency adopts its new rules, the MWD has said outdoor watering should be limited to one day per week. Or, alternatively, each water supplier can adopt another approach to achieve the overall 35% reduction. The MWD plans to track agencies’ progress and could fine any that don’t cut back enough.

In developing water conservation rules, “it’s better to do them across the board, just because it causes less confusion and sort of homogenizes the approach,” said Newsha Ajami, a water researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Ajami said she’d like to see the restrictions be more focused on reducing per-capita water use to a certain target, which she said is a much better strategy than focusing on percentages.

“That way, you know across-the-board everybody is reducing their outdoor water use,” Ajami said, “and can create a collective action around that.”

May 2022 Peninsula Around and About

On March 24, local Rolling Hills Estates resident Bill Beverly hosted a fundraiser for current Torrance Councilman Cliff Numark, who is running for Torrance Mayor in the June 7 election. The fundraiser was well attended and Numark had the opportunity to share with the crowd his objectives and fundamental beliefs in leading the City of Torrance into the future. To learn more visit Palos Verdes Peninsula Branch of the American Association of...

On March 24, local Rolling Hills Estates resident Bill Beverly hosted a fundraiser for current Torrance Councilman Cliff Numark, who is running for Torrance Mayor in the June 7 election. The fundraiser was well attended and Numark had the opportunity to share with the crowd his objectives and fundamental beliefs in leading the City of Torrance into the future. To learn more visit

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is pleased to announce that long-time member, Nancy Mahr, pictured,has been granted a Named Gift Award, which reflects her outstanding service to the Branch and to upholding the principles of AAUW. Nancy currently serves as the Branch’s Public Policy Chair and she coordinates the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. An acclaimed community leader, she served on the Peninsula Library Board and is an active member of the League of Women Voters. For more information, visit

Teen volunteers helped distribute about 40,000 pounds of food and other essentials on a recent Saturday morning. The bagging volunteers were youth of the Palos Verdes Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, most living on the Peninsula, as well as those from a neighboring stake. They worked under the supervision of about 50 adults in an area determined to have a need. The young men and women worked at long tables passing bags to be filled with a variety of basic items. Others loaded the bags into open trunks or through windows. About 2000 cars lined up to receive the bags filled with staples, like rice, flour and beans, canned meat, fruits and vegetables, laundry detergent, shelf stable milk, and more. There were 19 items on the list of donations. The donations became available from the Salt Lake City storehouse of the Church of Latter-day Saints and were shipped here. Felix Warner, son of Mike and Britany Warner of Rancho Palos Verdes, remarked, “It was awesome to be able to help. I loved seeing smiles on the faces of the people who got the food.” Other comments: “We felt like a team,” “We had fun,” and “It helped me think about what [some other] people are going through.”

On April 7, Los Angeles County Board-Fourth District-Supervisor, Janice Hahn presented Raffaello Ristorante of San Pedro a congratulatory award for making it through the COVID-19 pandemic. They had moved their restaurant into a completely new, fully renovated and expansive space on 7th Street during the pandemic and still managed to thrive. The restaurant was started almost 40 years ago by the Cutri Family’s immigrant Italian parents and remains with the same family today. The Los Angeles County award offered well wishes for their continued success. Raffaello Ristorante serves up traditional and modern Italian dishes including seafood, one of the mainstays of this port city. Hahn proceeded to celebrate her birthday there surrounded by friends and associates. Visit to experience a taste of Italy. Buon appetito!

The Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical was presented by the Palos Verdes High School Drama Department for seven performances in April. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary little girl with an unbounded imagination who proves that you can do anything you put your mind to and change your destiny. Packed with high energy dance numbers and catchy songs like “Miracle,” “Naughty,” and “Revolting Children,” this magical story captivated children and adults alike. Following each matinee performance, audience members were invited to a meet and greet with the cast in the theater courtyard.

In celebration of its 70th Anniversary of improving and saving lives, The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation entered a float in the 2022 Rose Parade. The float was called “Impositive” and featured riders whose lives have been saved by groundbreaking research conducted at the Institute. The Lundquist Investigators responsible for the life-saving therapies and the financial supporters of the float, Dr. Emil Kakkis and Dr. Yutaka Niihara, also rode on the float along with their former patients, Institute PhD students, and two Lundquist “Little Einsteins,” representing the Institute’s newest outreach effort designed to promote science education for elementary school children. The float was accompanied by 20 walkers – doctors, investigators, and researchers – all in lab coats representing the Institute’s focus on discovering life-saving therapies, devices, and solutions.

The theme of “Impositive” refers to the idea of having optimism in the face of seemingly impossible odds and this perspective can lead to exciting and innovative breakthroughs with far reaching global impact.

Recently the Institute received FDA approval for its treatment for Sickle Cell Disease. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder in which the red blood cells are abnormally shaped (in a crescent, or “sickle,” shape). The disease restricts the flow in blood vessels and limits oxygen delivery to the body’s tissues, leading to severe pain and organ damage. According to the National Institutes of Health, over 100,000 people in the United States suffer from sickle cell disease. The Lundquist Institute’s Dr. Yutaka Niihara developed Endari, a treatment that successfully reduces the acute complications of sickle cell disease. Patients who have been treated with Endari experience significantly fewer hospital visits for pain resulting from sickle cell crisis and fewer occurrences of acute chest syndrome (a life-threatening complication of sickle cell disease). “Endari offers a ready-made solution for those suffering from sickle cell disease all across the world,” says David Meyer, PhD, President and CEO of The Lundquist Institute. “We are proud of this life-saving treatment developed here.” Visit to learn more.

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Developers break ground on new senior living community in Torrance

Construction is officially underway on a new 4-story, 159-unit senior living community near the Del Amo Fashion Center — with the project slated to be complete next year, according to developer Ryan Companies.Dubbed “Acoya South Bay,” the more than 175,000 square-foot facility is a joint venture among investment firm Harrison Street, property manager Cadence L...

Construction is officially underway on a new 4-story, 159-unit senior living community near the Del Amo Fashion Center — with the project slated to be complete next year, according to developer Ryan Companies.

Dubbed “Acoya South Bay,” the more than 175,000 square-foot facility is a joint venture among investment firm Harrison Street, property manager Cadence Living and developer Ryan Companies.

The project was originally reviewed by the Torrance Planning Commission and the City Council in 2017, but a series of building complications and a change in ownership caused a nearly five-year construction delay, said Michelle G. Ramirez, Torrance’s Community Development director.

“Delays were related to conditions of approval requiring the completion of the central parking structure,” Ramirez said in an email, “and revised onsite fire roads prior to issuance of permits for the project.”

The pandemic also caused delays in issuing permits, Ramirez said.

The project’s building permit received full approval last week, she said.

The finished property, 21507 Hawthorne Blvd., will occupy the same property as a proposed 200-unit apartment complex. Acoya South Bay will offer 137 independent living units and 22 assisted living units, Ramirez said.

The property will also feature a semi-underground parking garage with 161 spots, Ramirez said. An additional 52 residential parking spots have been secured through a deal with a neighboring building.

“This new, modern aging community will offer a premier living style near beautiful beaches and plenty of retail,” said Patrick Dimaano, vice president of senior living development , for Ryan Companies.

The property is a much-needed addition to the South Bay’s senior living housing roster, Dimaano said.

“There will be more than 6,000, 75-and-older income qualified households in the South Bay area by 2026,” Ryan Companies said in its press release.

Homelessness in the senior population — adults who are at least 62 years old — increased by 20% from 2019 to 2020, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s most-recent data.

Seniors comprise 9.9% of the county’s total homeless population, LAHSA said. Elder renters — who often live on fixed incomes — are often vulnerable to housing instability.

The Acoya property will not offer affordable housing, though, according to Ryan Companies’ senior public relations manager Erica Dao. All units, she said, will be rented out at market price.

“The city looks forward to working with the developer to complete construction according to City Council’s approval,” Assistant City Manager Danny Santana said in an email, “and to engaging future residents in the wonderful senior community programming events and activities offered by the city.”

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High school boys’ volleyball: Thursday’s Southern Section playoff results and updated pairings

SOUTHERN SECTION BOYS’ VOLLEYBALLDIVISION 1First round, ThursdayRedondo d. Santa Barbara, 25-21, 25-22, 17-25, 24-26, 15-10Mira Costa d. Corona del Mar, scores not reportedQuarterfinals, Tuesday, 6 p.m.Redondo at #1 LoyolaHuntington Beach at #4 BeckmanLos Alamitos at #3 Newport HarborMira Costa at #2 Mater DeiDIVISION 2First round, ThursdayServite d. Paloma Valley, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18Westlake d. Torrance, 21-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17Anaheim ...



First round, Thursday

Redondo d. Santa Barbara, 25-21, 25-22, 17-25, 24-26, 15-10

Mira Costa d. Corona del Mar, scores not reported

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Redondo at #1 Loyola

Huntington Beach at #4 Beckman

Los Alamitos at #3 Newport Harbor

Mira Costa at #2 Mater Dei


First round, Thursday

Servite d. Paloma Valley, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18

Westlake d. Torrance, 21-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17

Anaheim Canyon d. Long Beach Poly, scores not reported

West Ranch d. Alemany, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22

San Clemente d. Marina, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17

St. Francis d. Warren, 25-14, 25-13, 25-19

Crescenta Valley d. Windward, 25-21, 25-23, 25-17

Thousand Oaks d. Orange Lutheran, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16

Foothill d. Cypress, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame d. San Juan Hills, 25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 20-25, 15-8

San Marcos d. Valencia, 25-14, 25-15, 25-21

Tesoro d. Cerritos, 25-10, 25-19, 25-15

Santa Margarita d. King, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-10

Cerritos Valley Christian d. South Torrance, 25-20, 25-16, 27-25

Second round, Saturday, 6 p.m.

#1 Servite at Westlake

West Ranch at Anaheim Canyon

San Clemente at St. Francis

#4 Thousand Oaks at Crescenta Valley

Foothill at #3 Long Beach Wilson

San Marcos at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

Tesoro at Santa Margarita

Cerritos Valley Christian at #2 Burbank Burroughs


First round, Thursday

Upland d. El Segundo, 25-17, 25-12, 25-17

Quartz Hill d. Santa Monica Pacifica Christian, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18

Palos Verdes d. Bishop Montgomery, scores not reported

Dos Pueblos d. California, 25-19, 25-10, 25-11

Edison d. Murrieta Valley, 25-13, 22-25, 25-19, 25-12

South Pasadena d. Elsinore, scores not reported

Westminster La Quinta d. La Palma Kennedy, 25-15, 18-25, 25-15, 25-20

Aliso Niguel d. El Modena, 25-11, 25-19, 25-19

Villa Park d. Mission Viejo, 25-17, 25-23, 25-19

Laguna Blanca d. Oxnard, 25-13, 26-24, 25-19

Hillcrest d. Vista Murrieta, 23-25, 26-24, 25-22, 29-27

Downey d. Arcadia, 21-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12

La Canada d. Highland, 25-16, 26-24, 25-23

Corona Santiago d. Redlands, 25-14, 25-14, 25-21

Garden Grove d. La Serna, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13

Royal d. Hart, 25-15, 25-15, 24-26, 25-15

Second round, Saturday, 6 p.m.

#1 Upland at Quartz Hill

Palos Verdes at Dos Pueblos

Edison at South Pasadena

Westminster La Quinta at #4 Aliso Niguel

Laguna Blanca at Villa Park

Hillcrest at Downey

La Canada at Corona Santiago

#2 Royal at Garden Grove


First round, Thursday

Capistrano Valley Christian d. Katella, 25-13, 25-17, 25-12

Santa Ana Calvary Chapel d. Lancaster, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17

Eastvale Roosevelt d. Village Christian, 25-13, 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-7

Bolsa Grande d. Chino Hills, 25-18, 25-12, 25-15

Newport Beach Pacifica Christian d. Flintridge Prep, 26-24, 28-26, 25-21

Xavier Prep d. Claremont, 28-26, 20-25, 25-22, 29-27

Bishop Diego d. Segerstrom, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22

Portola d. Oxford Academy, 25-16, 25-18, 25-17

St. Margaret’s d. Hemet, 25-14, 25-15, 25-5

Irvine University d. Diamond Ranch, scores not reported

Calabasas d. Malibu, 25-12, 25-21, 25-20

Oak Park d. Foothill Tech, 25-14, 25-9, 25-19

Millikan d. Cathedral, 25-13, 25-17, 25-19

Tustin d. Beaumont, 26-24, 17-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-12

Canyon Country Canyon d. Arrowhead Christian, scores not reported

Northwood d. Brentwood, scores not reported

Second round, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at #1 Capistrano Valley Christian

Bolsa Grande at Eastvale Roosevelt

Xavier Prep at Newport Beach Pacifica Christian

Bishop Diego at #4 Portola

#3 St. Margaret’s at Irvine University

Oak Park at Calabasas

Millikan at Tustin

#2 Northwood at Canyon Country Canyon


First round, Thursday

Carpinteria d. Crossroads, scores not reported

Fontana d. Rancho Verde, scores not reported

Bellflower d. Ambassador Christian, 25-9, 25-20, 25-20

Yucaipa d. Nuview Bridge, scores not reported

Anaheim Fairmont Prep d. Pasadena Poly, 25-14, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21

Bell Gardens d. St. Pius X-St. Matthias, scores not reported

Western Christian d. St. Monica, 26-24, 25-22, 25-17

Troy d. Hawthorne Math/Science, scores not reported

Lancaster Desert Christian d. Oakwood, 25-13, 25-13, 25-12

San Gabriel Academy d. Anaheim, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20

Miller d. Riverside North, 25-4, 24-26, 25-17, 25-17

San Gabriel d. Whittier, 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16

Oxnard Pacifica d. Keppel, scores not reported

Murrieta Mesa d. Perris, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-17

Norwalk d. Hawthorne, 25-27, 25-18, 2-520, 23-25, 15-13

Sunny Hills d. La Sierra, scores not reported

Second round, Saturday, 6 p.m.

#1 Carpinteria at Fontana

Bellflower at Yucaipa

Anaheim Fairmont Prep at Bell Gardens

Western Christian at #4 Troy

#3 Lancaster Desert Christian at San Gabriel Academy

San Gabriel at Miller

Oxnard Pacifica at Murrieta Mesa

#2 Sunny Hills at Norwalk


First round, Thursday unless noted

Saddleback d. Orange County Christian, 25-5, 25-8, 25-5

Newbury Park Adventist d. Shalhevet, 23-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19, 15-10

Samueli d. Rialto, 25-17, 25-21, 25-15

Ganesha d. Vasquez, 25–12, 25-18, 25-18

Mayfair d. CAMS, scores not reported

Sonora d. Southlands Christian, scores not reported (Wednesday)

Moreno Valley d. Summit, scores not reported

Le Lycee d. Glendale Adventist, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18

Da Vinci d. Beverly Hills, 25-8, 25-12, 25-14

Magnolia d. Downey Calvary Chapel, 25-16, 25-8, 25-10

Santa Rosa Academy d. Waverly, 25-20, 25-9, 25-20

Garey d. Ojai Valley, 25-9, 25-11, 25-17

Milken d. Palmdale Aerospace, 25-20, 20-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-12

Vista del Lago d. Cornerstone Christian, 25-6, 25-13, 25-21

Leuzinger d. Cantwell-Sacred Heart, scores not reported

Monrovia d. Southwestern Academy, 25-6, 25-10, 25-23

Second round, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Newbury Park Adventist at #1 Saddleback

Ganesha at Samueli

Mayfair at Sonora

Moreno Valley at #4 Le Lycee

#3 Da Vinci at Magnolia

Garey at Santa Rosa Academy

Vista del Lago at Milken

#2 Monrovia at Leuzinger

NOTES: Quarterfinals (Div. 1 only), Tuesday, 6 p.m.; quarterfinals (Div. 2-6), Wednesday, 6 p.m.; semifinals, May 7, 6 p.m. Championships, May 14, 6 p.m.

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